The church holds annual traditional celebrations and
communal activities, as well as monthly activities.

Church activities:

Calendar of Public Worship at Holy Trinity
June 2020

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We followed all the church services and the sermons thanks to the great work by our priest Fr. Velichko Mihaylov, with help by Popadia Svetlana and the few volunteer choir members.
The liturgy and sermons are available on YouTube in English and Bulgarian (see links below).
The church services and sermons will continue to be available online during the anti-Covid-19 measures.
We thank our parish priest Fr. Velichko for bringing the Word of God into our homes.
Follow us on Facebook and share our activities. The page is bilingual: Holy Trinity Macedonian-Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Church.
Watch HERE Father Velitchko YouTube channel.

Watch the church services held in May 2020.
May 3, The Myrrhbearers Women
May 6, St. George (in Bulgarian)
May 10, The Paralytic
May 17, The Samaritan Woman service
May 17, (in English)
May 17, (in Bulgarian)
May 28, Ascension
May 24, The Blind Man
May 24, Sts. Cyrill and Methodius (in Bulgarian)
May 24, 7th Sunday of the Holy Fathers

A message from our Parish Priest, Fr. Velichko Mihaylov:

Dear Friends, My attempts to make better YouTube sermon videos continue, although this is most likely a doomed cause having in mind that I don’t feel the language like you who have been born and educated in English speaking environment.  Once in a while I make stupid mistakes which even I notice afterwards.  But I believe the content is important – especially for those of us who have a taste for Christian spirituality.  I upload those that are in English on a separate channel titled “Spiritual Observations, Insights and Comments”.  If you wish to receive notifications from YouTube about this type of sermons, please subscribe to this channel.  The church services and the sermons in Bulgarian language are uploaded in 2 other different channels.  
Wishing the grace of God to be with you, I remain
Prayerfully Yours,
oVM 

MACEDONIA by Prof. Fr. Blagoi Tchiflianov
A historical research into the origins of the name, the geography, size, scope of the Macedonian ethnicity in the context of the changing political landscape on the Balkans. Part 2

Protopresbyter Professor Blagoy Tchiflianov (1923 – 2018) was our beloved parish priest from 1982 to 1992.
Fr. Tchiflianov was born in Istanbul in a family from Macedonia.
He published over 60 studies and articles on the subject of the Orthodox Liturgy. His broad linguistic skills and the profound expertise in working with external sources made him one of the leading scholars in Liturgical Studies in the country.
In 2008 he asked me to translate into English the study he created with view to be shared with the broader ethnic, religious and scientific community. Now, via our website I am happy to fulfill the will of the priest to shed light onto the name “Macedonia”, his beloved fatherland and to our common history.
The study has been translated into English by Vassil Popvassilev
Please find HERE Part Two of the study.

Bitola Inscription of Tzar Ivan-Vladislav of Bulgaria
The Bitola inscription is a medieval Bulgarian stone inscription written in Old Church Slavonic from the time of Ivan Vladislav (1015 - 1018), the last king of the First Bulgarian Kingdom. It is now kept at the Institute and Museum of Bitola, North Macedonia.
Please find the article HERE.

Christ is Risen!
This year 2020, in extraordinary circumstances, Palm Sunday and Easter celebrations were again central to our activities. It happened with the online participation of parishioners, family members and of numerous faithful friends, locally and from all over the globe.
We were able to follow all the church services and the sermons thanks to the great work by our priest Fr. Velichko Mihaylov, to his capabilities to overcome the technical obstacles and to the precious help by Popadia Svetlana and the few volunteer choir members.
The liturgy and sermons are available on YouTube in both languages – English and Bulgarian. You can use the following links:
• Palm Sunday
• Sermon: Observations and Comments on
The Apprehension of Christ and His Betrayal

• Holy Thursday Evening
• Great and Holy Friday Evening
• Easter Service - Part 1
• Easter Service - Part 2
• Easter Office of the Second Resurrection
• Thomas Sunday
• Observations and Comments on the Context of Christ's First Appearing to His Disciples

“Resurrection (Noli me Tangere)” by Giotto
A fresco created between years 1304 and 1306 in the church Capella Scrovegni in Padua, Italy by the proto-Renaissance painter Giotto di Bondone (1267-1337). Dimensions 200 x 185 cm.
Mary Magdalene recognizes Christ on Easter morning in front of the open tomb. She attempts to speak to her Lord and to touch him. He refuses, with the words "Touch me not". Giotto depicts the in-between status of Christ - no longer of this world, but not yet of the next world — through the wavering posture and the delicate coloring. The contrast with Mary Magdalene and the sleeping soldiers heightens this impression.
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MACEDONIA by Prof. Fr. Blagoi Tchiflianov
A historical research into the origins of the name, the geography, size, scope of the Macedonian ethnicity in the context of the changing political landscape on the Balkans.

Protopresbyter Professor Blagoy Tchiflianov (1923 – 2018) was our beloved parish priest from 1982 to 1992.
Fr. Tchiflianov was born in Istanbul in a family from Macedonia.
He published over 60 studies and articles on the subject of the Orthodox Liturgy. His broad linguistic skills and the profound expertise in working with external sources made him one of the leading scholars in Liturgical Studies in the country.
In 2008 he asked me to translate into English the study he created with view to be shared with the broader ethnic, religious and scientific community. Now, via our website I am happy to fulfill the will of the priest to shed light onto the name “Macedonia”, his beloved fatherland and to our common history.
Vassil Popvassilev
Please find HERE Part One of the study.
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Celebration of March 3 and the San Stefano Treaty
The date of March 3rd in the calendar of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church is declared Liberation Day of Bulgaria from Ottoman Slavery. We examine and reflect on the role and implications of this historical date in two documents:
The Treaty of San Stefano, Article by Vassil Popvassilev
Memorandum
An excerpt from a 1995 Memorandum by the Macedonian Patriotic Organization, namely its three chapters in Toronto: “Pravda”, “Luben Dimitrov” and “Victory”. Entitled “Short History of the Macedonian Question”, the document sheds light on the events of 1878 and the implications of the San Stefano Treaty.
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Cheesefare Sunday 2020
This year the beginning of the Great Lent was marked by a joyful and funny celebration. A rich and diverse culinary show followed by a brotherly table. Dances, songs and good mood accompanied the traditional Pardon giving and receiving.
The delicious dishes were made by the following participants:
Salads: Russian salad – Svetlana, Pasta salad – Tala, Oleg&Sashka, Potato salad – Luba, Orizo salad – Diane Ristich, Green salad – Sashka, Buckweat salad – Lucy.
Banitzas, Zelniks, Pies: Toutmanik – Margarita, Ginka, Anny, Cheese banitza – Margarita, Kalinka, Spinach banitza – Tania, Vicky, Grozda, Apple cherry pie – Luba, Sweet pie – Katia.
Warm dishes: Lentils – Anny and Emil, Cabbage rolls – Jean Hughes, Au Gratin – Ginka. Desserts: Halva – Maria, Ekaterina, Petit fours – Svetlana, Crème caramel – Roumiana
Cheese plate – Milka
To all the participants – Thank you! To all parishioners, members and friends – have a safe and peaceful Lent in expectation of the joyous Easter holidays!
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Father Velitchko YouTube channel
On initiative by our parish priest Father Velitchko we now have the wonderful opportunity to encounter the word of God in a compelling and visually pleasing way. Below is his introduction to his first posting:
Dear Friends, May the blessings of our Lord be with you! Below is a link of 9 min. youtube video, which is a brief comment on Luke 18;35-43 in Bulgarian language.
I made and posted it in the hope that contemporary methods of communication may benefit our Christian community, brighten your day and tune our minds in harmony with the blessings promised for God’s elect.
I would appreciate any feedback that may help to improve this approach.  For feedback please use my e-mail: velichko.mihaylov@gmail.com
I wish you light in your way and remain
Prayerfully yours,
o. Velichko Mihaylov

YouTube video

Old Tyme Christmas
On January 12th 2020, after the Holy Liturgy the traditional Old Tyme Christmas was celebrated with a packed church hall, music, dances and good food.
Many guests from St. George’s came to celebrate with us. DJ Father Velitchko contributed to the good mood. Many thanks to the chef Chris, to Roumiana Andreeva and Alexandra Batova.
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Epiphany of Our Lord, 2020
On January 5th 2020, a festive Chrisostomos liturgy and Holy Waters was held in honor of Epiphany, which was celebrated the next day. The parishioners and many worshippers received the blessed water.
“…Baptizing your beloved Son, the Holy Spirit appearing as a dove announced…”
Text about St. John the Baptist
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St. Basil the Great
According to the Gregorian Calendar the Bulgarian Orthodox Church celebrates St. Basil the Great, together with Circumcision of Our Lord. The same day all over the world is the official start of the New Year. Happy New Year 2020, brothers and sisters!
“All over the Earth your teachings spread
Because it adopted the Word, which you god-lovingly learned:
You clarified the nature of the Existing and beautified the customs of the humans,
Royally divine, blessed Father, pray Our Lord Christ for the salvation of our souls.”
From Antiphon to St. Basil, translation Vassil Popvassilev

On January 1st, 2020 a Holy “Basilean” liturgy was officiated by Fr. Velitchko in honour of St. Basil the Great and to mark the beginning of the New Year 2020.
Text about St. Basil the Great
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Celebration of Christmas on December 25
On Christmas Day 2019, after the Divine Liturgy a recreation of the Holy Manger and the Nativity Scene in the cave was performed in the church hall in presence of many worshippers and guests. The inspired participants in the performance were the children of our church community. The beautiful reading from the Gospel was done by Elitza and Assia. The “actors”: Maria and Erik (Mary and Joseph), Zara (the Angel), Yoan, Alexander and Emil (the Shepherds), Lea, Catherina and Angie (little Angels), Christo, Boris and Daniel (the Magi).
The performance was supported by the enlightened singing of the choir, led by Fr. Velitchko. The singers: Tania, Krassimira, Roumiana A., Koyka, Mariana, Darinka, Roumy S., Slavka. All was staged by the talented scenario and leadership of the Presbitera Svetlana, helped by the volunteers Roumiana, Milka, Daniela and Vassil Popvassilev (stage décor).
The Christmas celebration was followed by brotherly table and potluck.
Christmas Hymn
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In the calendar of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, on December 6 we celebrate the day of St. Nicholas.
Saint Nicholas of Myra was an early, 1 AD Christian bishop of the ancient Greek maritime city of Myra in Lycea, Asia Minor during the time of the Roman Empire. 
Because of the many miracles attributed to his intercession, he is also known as Nicholas the Wonderworker. His reputation evolved among the faithful, as was common for early Christian saints, and his legendary habit of secret gift-giving gave rise to the traditional model of Santa Claus ("Saint Nick"). /span>

Leaders of Bulgarian National Revival – Part 2.
As a continuation from last month’s celebration commemorating all leaders and workers on the field of the Bulgarian national revival, we post a text honoring those who followed in the steps of Father Paissii and created the National Revival Movement
Text written by Assen Nicoloff in 1962
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Other Church holidays we celebrated in November
Introduction of the Blessed Virgin in the temple, one of the greatest Christian holidays, honored by both major Christian denominations - Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy .  The Bulgarian Orthodox Church and the Macedonian Orthodox Church celebrate the holiday each year on November 21st  On this day are honored both the pious parents of the Virgin Mary, Joachim and Anna who bring her to the Temple of Jerusalem at the age of three, and the fulfillment of their vow to dedicate Mary to God. (Fresco “Introduction”, 10 A, Batchkovo Monastery)

On Sunday, November 24th the BOC celebrated Saint Katherine the Great Martyr of Alexandria. We congratulated all those who bear her name. (Fresco from a church in the Prespa region).

November 25th was the day of St. Clement of Ochrid. Both Orthodox Churches – Macedonian and Bulgarian celebrated the saint patron. “This great father of ours and holy light for the Bulgarians has his origins from the European Mysians who are called Bulgarians by many.” From the “Short Biography of St. Clement” by Dimitry Hometian, archbishop of Ochrid’s Archbishopry, First Justiniana and All of Bulgaria. (Reliquary holding some relics of St. Clement at the monastery “St. John the Forerunner” by the city of Veria (Ber) in Macedonia).

St. Archangel Michael
On November 8th we celebrate St. Archangel Michael, the Prince of the Archangels and of the Angelic Hosts, the Defender of the Faith, the Angel of Deliverance.
Archangel Michael is the only angel who is mentioned by name in all three of the major sacred texts of the world's religions that place the most emphasis on angels: the Torah (Judaism), the Bible (Christianity), and the Qur'an (Islam). In all of those faiths, believers consider Michael a leading angel who fights evil with the power of good.

Day of the Leaders of Bulgarian National Revival
November 1st is an official holiday in Bulgaria, commemorating all leaders and workers on the field of the Bulgarian national revival. The Bulgarian Orthodox Church is deeply connected to the forces and in the processes which led to the Church autonomy and State independence and to the unity of the Bulgarian people, achieved through common language, literature, traditions and the faith in God.
An essay by Vasil Popvasilev

Father Paissi of Chilendar
Founder of the Bulgarian Renaissance
Text written by Assen Nicoloff in 1962
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Annual church bazar
On October 20, 2019 our annual church bazar was held in presence of many parishioners and their families, friends and guests. Again this year the bazaar was a big success thanks to all who love and support the church and to all the volunteers, contributors and donors.
Thank you!
Financial Report
Donations

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St. John of Rila (Sveti Ivan Rilski) (876 AD – 946 AD)
Every year on October 19 we celebrate St. John of Rila (Sveti Ivan Rilski), 876 AD–946 AD.
He was the first Bulgarian hermit and was revered as a saint while he was still alive. His followers founded many churches in his honor, including the famous Rila Monastery. Today, he is honored as the patron saint of all Bulgarians and as one of the most important saints in the Bulgarian Orthodox Church.
Find more information HERE
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Holy Trinity Day
On Sunday, June 16, 2019 the Holy Trinity Day Banquet was held. The event was attended by Mr. Peter Kraychev, Consul General of Republic of Bulgaria and was celebrated by members, parishioners and guests of the church.
The festivity was opened by Mr. Nick Stefanoff and Very Rev. Velicko Mihaylov after a prayer and commemorative speech in honour of all past and present members and supporters of our church.
Memorial plaques in honour of the Very Reverend Vassil Mihailoff, founder of the church, and Very Reverend Blagoy Chiflyanov were presented together with emotional speech delivered by Milka Mihailoff, who expressed her gratitude towards the legacy of the Reverend Fathers.
The event was attended by “Igranka” folklore formation and the children group “Bulgarche”, who provided all attendees with good mood performing traditional dances and songs. The festive table was abundant with delicious food and was preceded by a spirit-uplifting Divine Liturgy. We thank all for being there for our church!
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Gotse Deltchev (4.2.1872 – 4.5.1903)
On May 4th 1903 fell in battle with the regular Ottoman army the most important Bulgarian revolutionary figure in Ottoman-ruled Macedonia and Thrace at the turn of the 20th century. Gotse Deltchev was the most prominent leader of what is known today as Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization (IMRO). We pay tribute to the national hero of both countries – Bulgaria and Macedonia.

„Fifteen hours we watched the body of the dead Gotse, as if bent over the tomb of Macedonia. And our hearts were broken. Because an entire people became an orphan.” (Peyo Yavorov, “Gotse Deltchev”)

Gotse Deltchev, quotations:

● “We shouldn’t be afraid of divisions and splits. It is sad, indeed, but what could we do, as we are and remain Bulgarians and suffer from this common condition! If this condition didn’t exist in our forefathers, from whom we inherited it, they wouldn’t fall under the terrible scepter of the Turkish sultans.”
● „Comrades, don’t you see that we are no more slaves of the disintegrating Turkish state, but slaves of the European Great Powers, to which Turkey surrendered its full capitulation in Berlin. That is why we must fight for the autonomy of Macedonia and The Odrin Region, in order to keep them in their entirety, as an intermediate stage towards their future integration to the common Bulgarian Fatherland.“
Find more information HERE
Excerpt from the roman “Ilinden” by Dimiter Talev
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Easter Celebrations 2019
Hristos Voskrese! Christ is Risen!
Photo gallery – Palm Sunday
Photo gallery – 12 Gospels
Photo gallery – Good Friday
Photo gallery – Resurrection

St. George’s Day Celebration and Votive Offering
Traditionally on St. Georges Day (May 6) Batov family gives a votive offering (kourban). A prayer of gratitude, blessing and celebration of new beginnings was followed by a serving of lamb. We enjoyed the brotherly table and wished to the family all the grace of God.
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Spring Cleaning and Restoration of the Iconostasis
On March 30th 2019 a thorough cleaning and refreshing of the church premises and the yard was done by a group of devoted volunteers: Svetlana Presbytera, Roumiana, Darina, Boris, Margarita, Ivan, Elitca, Stefan, Victoria, Iana and Georgi. In the name of the Parish, thank you, all!

On April 13th and 19th 2019 two full days specialized cleaning work has been performed on the icons of the iconostasis. The process was led by Vassil Popvassilev. The volunteers who took part were: Svetlana Presbytera, Antonia, Krassimira, Viktoria, Vassil, Ilija, Dimityr, Tihomir, Kosta. Over the years smoke and dust deposited were removed successfully from the paintings. Svetlana Presbytera prepared tasty lunch for the volunteers.
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Annunciation
March 25 is observed as a church festival in commemoration of the announcement of the incarnation to the Virgin Mary. “The angel also tells Mary that the baby she would bear would rule an everlasting kingdom and be called “the Son of the Highest.” Luke 1:26:39

March 10. Cheesfare Sunday or Day of Forgiveness
Our church celebrated the beginning of the Great Lent.
On this day, the focus lays on forgiveness:
“Forgive me, May you be forgiven!” resounded throughout the community.
A potluck brotherly table was prepared and served.
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Akathist to The Mother of God, 2019
Schedule of the Akathist services in honour of Our Lady Theothokos:
March 15 – at Sts. Cyrill and Methodius
March 22 – at Holy Trinity
March 29 – at St. George’s
April 5 – at St. Dimitar, Brampton
April 12 – at Comforter - Spirit of Truth 
The services begin at 7 pm.

On March 22 the service was held at our church, followed by the traditional brotherly all vegetarian serving at which all guests of the sister churches were invited. Our parishioners took part in the Akathist services hosted by Sts Cyril and Methody church (March 15).
The priests Frs. Drangov, Mihaylov, Shumarov and Arnaudov officiated and warmed our hearts with the beautiful Akathist hymns.
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Brother Simeon Simeonov Left Us
On February 12, 2019 our good friend, Simeon Simeonov who tirelessly worked on God’s Field as long-serving President of St. George’s Macedono-Bulgarian church, presented himself in His Kingdom.
The vigil held at St. George’s was attended by representatives of our church committee and community. May God accept Simeon’s soul in his Kingdom. Memory eternal!
On March 23rd, 2019 a memorial service honouring Mr. Simeonov was officiated at St. George’s. We mourn the departure of Brother Simeon, whom we owe respect and express our deep condolences to his family and to the parish of St. George’s.
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One unique monastery in Aegean Macedonia, St. John Prodromos (The Forerunner) opened its doors to our worship.
The monastery lies in a valley in the mountain Zmeenitza (in Greek - Menikion) above the town of Siar (Seres). Founded in 13th century, it is a woman monastery now. “So, in one letter to the Patriarch the monastery writes that the monastery school they teach in Greek language, but the school children are “Bulgarophones from the villages of the three neighbouring dioceses, Siar, Drama and Melnik.”
From Bulgarian Antiquities in Macedonia, by Jordan Ivanov, of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
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Memorial service, March 22th 2019
On March 22th, the second Sunday of the Great Lent, a memorial service was held in honour of our departed member Dimitar Koumanov who for many years tirelessly worked as a Church Caretaker together with his wife Rouja for the maintenance and good order of the premises. Mr. Koumanov was a good Christian, pleasant and friendly gentleman. We miss him and owe him respect. Memory eternal!
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Christmas 2018
The Christmas celebrations this year started with Christmas Eve Liturgy on December 23rd followed by brotherly table and potluck, children performance and crafts.
The priest, some church committee members with their families and many parishioners gathered on December 24th - Christmas Eve at St. George’s Macedonian-Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox church to anticipate and celebrate together the Holy Birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
On December 25th, Christmas Day our church celebrated a Holy „Chrysostom” Liturgy officiated by Fr. Velitchko.
On December 27th, Christmas Day our church held a Holy Liturgy in honour of St. Steven, First Martyr and Archdeacon.

On January 1st a Holy “Basilean” liturgy was celebrated in honour of St. Basil the Great and to mark the beginning of the New Year 2019.
On January 6th we celebrated Epiphany and Holy Waters in a packed church.

On January 13th, 2019 after the Holy Liturgy the traditional Old Tyme Christmas was celebrated with a full church hall, music, dances and good food.
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Songs and Dances from the Valley of Mesta river,
a documentary film from 1958.

The first Bulgarian colour documentary, showing the traditional Bulgarian folk culture featuring songs and dances from the region of Nevrokop (town of Gotze Deltchev). The folk ensemble has been founded in 1946. Later, following their example in Sofia was created the renowned “Philip Koutev” ensemble.
The movie was created in 1958 at the State Documentary Film Studio. Filmed at the villages of Kovatchevitza, Kornitza and its surrounding meadows the movie features the beautiful nature around the Mesta Valley, the fields around Nevrokop and the south slopes of Pirin mountain.
You can find the movie HERE.

Macedonian Library.
Courtesy of George Koroloff from the Pollitecon’s Macedonian Communities Around the World web page. There are many new Free Ebooks available. You can find the page HERE

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Holy Trinity Macedono-Bulgarian
Eastern Orthodox Church Invites
all parishioners and guests to our


Annual Olde Tyme Christmas Luncheon

Sunday, January13, 2019 at 12:00 noon
201 Monarch Park Avenue
$15 per person Children under 12 free
Immediately after the Divine Liturgy

This is a fun and enjoyable way to support
our church.


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Father Blagoy Tchiflianov Left Us
With deep sorrow we announce the death of our beloved former parish priest (1982-1992) Protopresbyter Professor Blagoy Tchiflianov. On October 28, 2018 the distinguished Bulgarian clergyman, who tirelessly worked on God’s Field presented himself in His Kingdom.
A vigil was held at our church, Holy Trinity, which he so much loved and supported until his death. The funeral service was officiated by Fr. Velitchko MIhaylov, Fr. Valery Shoumarov (Vicar of the Spiritual District of Toronto and former student of Prof. Tchiflianov at the Theology Faculty in Sofia) and Fr. Boris Drangov. The vigil was co-officiated by Fr. Vesselin Arnaudov. At the burial place officiated also the priests Fr. Milan Radulovic and the new priest of St. John of Rila in Niagara Falls, Father Simeon Ivanov. 
The loss of Father Tchiflianov was announced on the official website of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church (in Bulgarian).
We as a parish mourn the departure of Father Blagoy, whom we owe much gratitude and express our deep condolences to his family.
V. Rev. Blagoi Tchiflianov Celebration on January 10, 2016.
Brief biography of Father Tchiflianov.
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Congratulations to Matthew Stefanoff on his graduation as Doctor of Medicine!
The parish acknowledges his devotion to all church initiatives as well as his new role as Trustee at the Board of MPO (Macedonian Patriotic Organization).
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Annual Church Bazaar 2018
On October 14th 2018 was held the annual bazaar of Holy Trinity Macedonian-Bulgarian church. Many parishioners, family members and guests attended and supported the church with donations and through the bake and diverse sales. Delicious lunch was served. Many participated and enjoyed gifts from the lucky draw.
From the bazaar the church made a net profit of $3,812.40 (see the detailed report HERE).
Income from the donations collected on this day – $778.00 (see list HERE).
Many volunteers gave their time and skills for this successful event. The church thanks cordially to all volunteers, kitchen helpers, bake masters and to all who supported this important annual event: Jean, Mitci, Tala, Grozda, Luba, Vicky D., Roumi, Irina, Josie, Viktoria, Tania, Christine P., Tina, Poly, Zora, Toni, Bisserka, Neli, Chris, Ilian, Rossitza and Popadia Svetlana.
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Celebration of Newly Wed Couple
Our parish priest Reverend Velitchko Mihailov and Popadia Svetlana were happy to announce that their son Todor and D-r Lauren Mitsuki are newly wed. The wedding ceremony was held on July 7 at the beautiful University Club in Toronto. Father Velitchko officiated the matrimony.
On August 19, 2018 the Mihailov family invited all members, parishioners and friends of Holy Trinity Eastern-Orthodox church to a celebration and banquet in honor of the newly wed.
The church hall was packed with guests and all were delighted to greet the young couple with the ritual “For many Years” prayer. To the sound of traditional wedding songs like “Maidens’ Farewell with her Family” Todor and Lauren performed centuries old folk rites typical for a wedding day. Matthew Stefanoff was important part of the wedding celebration program, representing the parish. The ceremony continued with lunch buffet and dances.
On this beautiful summer day we all celebrated the beginning of a family life for our own Todor and Lauren, warmly congratulated them, prayed for God’s blessing and protection of the new couple and wish them happy life ahead!
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Icons Donation
A major church restructuring, remodeling and redecoration is underway in the Bulgarian village Orizari, Diocese of Stara Zagora. Most of the funding is donated by members of our family in Bulgaria and from abroad. The project is in its final stage to the joyous approval by the citizens, the local clergy and the Diocesan hierarchy.
I was assigned with the honorable task of painting two icons for the church entrance. The icons, both 30 X 42 cm are copy of two originals well known, kept in the National Gallery of Art in Sofia. I used the classic egg tempera technique.
The original icons (see Gallery attached) are dated XV – XVI century from the Nessebar school – Christ Pantocrator ("Sustainer of the World") and Theotokos Keharitomeni (“Mother of God Full-of-Grace”) both published in the major study “La peinture bulgare” (“the Bulgarian Painting” by Atanas Boshkov, Aurel Bongers Recklingshausen Publishing House 1974). In the original icon the image of the Mother of God is surrounded by images of prophets.
On July 29th 2018 the donation was presented to the parish priest and Vicar of the Spiritual District of Nova Zagora, Father Tzvetan Dimitrov. Present were my wife Lucy, our friend Mrs Maria Hadjieva, member of the local church committee as well as my daughter Boyana and granddaughter Misha Judith visiting from Australia. Notably, the first anniversary of Misha was on this remarkable day! God bless you Misha! May the Grace of Lord and of our Lady Theotocos be with the new church and good people of Orizari!
Vassil Popvassilev
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Ilinden Uprising memorial Service and celebration
On Sunday, August 12, 2018 was held the annual Ilinden Panihida & Luncheon. The parish once again respected the heroic uprising. The memorial service was held by Very Rev. parish priest Velichko.
For a second year our celebration enjoys a renewed spirit in joint commemoration of the Uprising in the two neighboring republics – Bulgaria and Macedonia. This year the two Prime Ministers gathered for a tribute at the monument of Gotze Delchev in the town of Blagoevgrad. The historical importance of the sacrifice and heroism belong to our common history.
Let the heroes and all the innocent victims of the Ottoman repressions rest in peace! May God remember them in His Kingdom!
The traditional picnic in the church garden followed the service.
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Diocesan Convention
On July 27 - 29th 2018 the 43rd Annual Convention of the Diocese of the USA, Canada and Australia of the Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Church was held in Dearborn, Michigan. Host was the Eastern Orthodox St. Clement of Ochrid church. On Sunday the 29th beautiful Divine liturgy led by His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph and 20 priests took place. On Saturday evening after the Vespers service a banquet and dance was held to the traditional folk rhythms in the beautifully redecorated hall of the church. Among the many guests from Toronto were our President Nick Stefanoff accompanied by his wife Margaret. Nick took part in the discussions and in the final deliberations.
For more information visit: www.bulgariandiocese.org
For more images visit the Diocesan photo gallery
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Pentecost and Holy Trinity Day
On Sunday, May 27 the church will celebrates its saint patron’s day – The Holy Spirit. We invite all members, parishioners and guests to our annual Holy Trinity Day Banquet immediately after the divine liturgy.
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Memorial Service
On Saturday, May 26 2018 at 10:00 АМ a Memorial Service will be held (Murtva Sabota or Zadoushnitza). 
Let’s commemorate together our departed family and ancestors with a divine liturgy and brotherly table.

Mother’s Day
On May 13 the Holy Trinity church celebrated Mother’s Day. A good tribute to all mothers was a leading theme in the sermon by the parish Priest, followed by flowers offered by the church President. The feast was well attended and was marked by fun, music and good food. The tasty and diversified potluck buffet was offered by the Ladies’ Section and was enjoyed and praised by everyone.

Sts. Cyrill and Methodi
On May 11 2018 our sister church, the Macedono-Bulgarian Eastern Orthodoix Cathedral Sts. Cyrill and Methodi celebrated their patrons’ day – The Holy Brothers Equal to the Apostles. The priests from all five Macedono-Bulgarian Eastern Orthodoix churches officiated a solemn service, tribute to the holy endeavor of the Brothers. Large group of our church attended the service participated in the generous brotherly table offered by Sts. Cyrill and Methodi’s parish.

St. George’s Day and Votive Offering
On May 6 the Parish celebrated the Day of St. George. The Batov Family once again gave the traditional votive offering. This festive family tradition marks every year a happy rescue or saving out of trouble. Thank you, Oleg, Alexandra, Nick for the tasty “kourban” banquet. Many thanks to our master-chef Chris!
St. George’s Day Photo gallery

Financial statement of the year 2017
Following last month posting of the summary of this year’s Annual General Meeting please see the church’s financial statement of the year 2017.
Financial statement

Easter / Holy Pascha
The Easter services and festivities spread over the Holy week. On Holy Thursday, April 5, 2018 a Divine Liturgy and Holy Unction was held and at 7 PM - Reading of the 12 Passion Gospels devoted to the betrayal, trial and crucifixion of Christ. On Good Friday, April 6 in order to prepare most fully for Christ's resurrection on Easter Sunday, parishioners and families attended The Imperial Hours (Vigil), the litany and Commemoration of the Burial of Christ. Тhe church remained open all day. Good Friday is a day of strict fasting and abstinence.
The Holy week culminated on Saturday, April 7 before Easter (Easter Eve).  Holy Saturday commemorates the day that Jesus Christ lay in the tomb after his death, according to the Christian bible. In the packed church yard, all holding lit candles, the Parish Priest Fr. Velichko announced the Holy Resurrection: “Christ is Risen!”. And all the people joined him in singing this hymn again and again “Truly He is Risen!” The Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom was then officiated. 
On Easter Sunday, April 8 the faithful gathered once more for prayer with lighted candles. All sing the hymn, "Christ is Risen from the Dead". The people greeted one another joyously. The Gospel according to John is read in various languages, proclaiming the Good News of Resurrection all over the universe.
The Holy Trinity Macedono-Bulgarian church once again celebrated Easter joyously. We send the message to all faithful: Christ is risen from the dead, by death trampling down upon death, and to those in the tombs He has granted life. 
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Palm Sunday
Once again on April 1, 2018 the glorious Entry in Jerusalem was celebrated by numerous parishioners and guests. The church was filled with smiles, greetings, flowers and anticipation of Easter. Everyone received the blessed greenery to bring home.
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Akathist to The Mother of God
The period of the Great Lent comes with the joyful church services full of deep meaning and poetic exaltation dedicated to Our Lady Theotokos. This year our church was host of the first of these solemn rites: on March 2. The service was followed by the traditional brotherly all vegetarian table at which all guests of the sister churches were invited. Our parishioners took part in the Akathist services hosted by Sts. Cyril and Methody church (March 9), St George church (March 16) and by Comforter Spirit of Truth (March 23). The priests Frs. Mihaylov, Arnaudov, Shumarov , Filchak and Radulovich officiated and warmed our hearts with the beautiful Akathist hymns.
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Annual General Meeting of the church
The AGM (Annual General Meeting) of the church was held on Sunday, March 18, 2018 in presence of the members and non-member parishioners. There was a majority needed of members present. President’s address by Nick Stefanoff was followed by a brief review of the past year. A report on the church finances was given by the President. In an open discussion members and parishioners were active and decisions were made on pressing issues and financial strategy.
A new church committee has been elected. The meeting decided to keep the current committee and elected Antony Kartalev as new committee member. New church members were voted in. Minutes from the meeting as well as amended version of the Statement of Income and Expenses for 2017 will be published in the next month update of this site.

Old Tyme Christmas
On Sunday, January 15th, 2018 the church community celebrated the traditional Old Tyme Christmas with brotherly banquet table and festivities. Delicious lunch was prepared by a group of volunteers – Tala, Vicky, Chris, Mitza. Many parishioners helped in the organization and serving the lunch.
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Christmas Celebration
On Sunday, December 24th 2018 - Christmas Eve, the parish celebrated in joyful atmosphere the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ. After the solemn liturgy a brotherly table was served in the church hall. The children received special blessing. A reenactment of the Holy Nativity was performed by children and parents. Songs and dances by our children were dedicated to Nativity and New Year. There were presents around the Christmas tree.
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Church Celebrations
The Feast of the Entrance into the Temple of Our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary is celebrated on November 21, 2017 each year. The Feast commemorates when as a young child, the Virgin Mary entered the Temple in Jerusalem. The day is celebrated as a Feast of the Christian Family and of Christian Youth.
Link to Orthodox Christianity website.

On November 25th was the feast of St. Clement of Ohrid.
Article by Prof. Emil Georgiev, Academician, published in the revue Balcanica Volume V, #2, excerpts translated N. Roussanoff.
Editor's notes by Vassil Popvassilev.

Bulgarian seals from the Ottoman region of Macedonia, from XVIII, XIX, XX century.
A recently published compilation of Macedonian documents reveals the organized civil society by categories of religious institutions, trade, schools and communities.
List of Bulgarian seals from Ottoman Macedonia
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Macedonian Orthodox Church - Archiepiscopate of Ohrid and Bulgarian Orthodox Church – News
The MOC in a letter from November 9, 2017 addressed the Holy Synod of the BOC asking for support in its move to be recognized as autocephalous.
Link to META news agency
Link to SBS
Link to META news agency article
Link to Macedonian Information Agency

The Bulgarian Orthodox Church’s governing body, the Holy Synod, decided on November 27 to hold talks with the Macedonian Orthodox Church and other Orthodox Christian Churches on recognizing the neighboring country’s Church as autocephalous and agreeing to be its mother church.
Link to Bulgarian Information Agency
The reaction of Bulgarian Church officials and the whole Bulgarian society was very positive.
Link to EVANGELICAL FOCUS
The society in the FYROM is divided about the viability of the initiative, still the official position of the MOC-OA prevails and it hails the support expressed by the BOC.
Link to Macedonian Information Agency.
Metropolitan Strumica bishop Nahum said in an interview with BTV: "The Bulgarian Church to become the mother of the Macedonian, this is a historic moment - let's not miss it. Bulgaria and the Republic of Macedonia have a common religious history. The Bulgarian Orthodox Church has a chance to become a church mother of the Macedonian Orthodox Church (MOC) with its recognition".
He says political reasons are why the autocephaly of the Macedonian Orthodox Church is not yet recognized.
"We sent a letter to the Holy Synod of BOC with a request to discuss the issue of the recognition of the Macedonian Orthodox Church - the Ohrid Archbishopric of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church. We are waiting for an answer from the Bulgarian Synod. BPC has a chance with the very recognition of the MOC to become a church mother of the MOC. It's a rare historic opportunity that the BOC should not miss, "categorically Metropolitan Nahum. "We were part of the Bulgarian Exarchate. The people then were divided between the Exarchate and the Constantinople Patriarchate at the end of the XIX and the beginning of the 20th century, but most - 95% were exarchists, "the Macedonian bishop recalled. Bishop Nahum stressed the great significance of the Treaty of good neighborly relations between the Republic of Macedonia and Bulgaria, adding that it was only the beginning.
Document: The Bulgarian Orthodox Church to Hold Talks
Link to Official Petition of support for recognition of the Macedonian Orthodox Church as autocephalous (Bulgarian language)

Annual Church Bazaar
On October 15th 2017 was held the annual bazaar of Holy Trinity Macedonian-Bulgarian church. Many parishioners, family members and guests attended and supported the church with donations and through the bake and diverse sales. Delicious lunch was served. Many participated and enjoyed gifts from the raffle.
From the bazaar the church made a net profit of $3,433.20 (see the detailed report here).
The income from the donations in funds collected on this day – $360.00 (see list here).
From 2013 the bazaar grows steadily (see the detailed report here).
Many volunteers gave their time, in-kind donations and skills for this successful event.
The church thanks cordially to all volunteers, kitchen helpers, bake masters and to all who supported this important annual event. Special gratitude goes to Popadia Svetlana Mihaylova for her role in the organization and coordination.
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His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph visits our church.
On October 15th our prominent guest honored our lunch during the bazaar. He was accompanied by the clergy of the Macedono-Bulgarian churches in Toronto. Father Velitchko welcomed the guests and the whole community greeted His Eminence with “Mnogaia Leta”. Metropolitan Joseph addressed the parish and guests with warm words of support and solidarity.
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Ilinden Panihida & Luncheon
On Sunday, July 30, 2017 was held the annual Ilinden Panihida & Luncheon. The parish once again respected the heroic uprising. The memorial service was held by Very Rev. parish priest Velichko, his sermon was moving and touched the parishioners and guests.
Let the heroes and all the innocent victims of the Ottoman repressions rest in peace! May God remember them in His Kingdom!
The traditional picnic in the church garden followed the service.
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Holy Mother of God – Assumption of Our Lady Theotokos. Picnic in honor of the Lady Theotokos.
On Tuesday, August 15, 2017 the church marked the most venerated feast of the Holy Mother of God – Assumption of Our Lady Theotokos. A barbecue lamb and tasty side dishes were donated by the Batov family and all guests enjoyed the lunch, especially those who observed the fasting. Thank you Alexandra, Oleg, Nicolas. Happy birthday, Oleg!

On Sunday, August 20 was held our picnic in honor of the Lady Theotokos in presence of the parish and many guests. Lunch was served, masterfully prepared by the chef Chris. The church yard has been festively decorated, DJ Father Velichko cared for the good music. Lunch was served by hard working volunteers to whom we express our big Thank You. Dances followed.
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A good neighborliness agreement between Republic of Bulgaria and BYRM (Macedonia)
On August 2, 2017 Ilinden in Skopje, was signed A good neighborliness agreement between Republic of Bulgaria and BYRM (Macedonia).
Article by Vassil Popvassilev

Holy Trinity Day, Holy Pentecost and Fathers' Day
On June 4th 2017 the Parish held a triple celebration: the Holy Trinity Day, Holy Pentecost and Fathers' Day. We received many guests. The church hall was festively decorated, lunch was prepared and served by hard working volunteers to whom we express our big Thank You. The celebration ended with rich program of dances and traditional songs.
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Mother’s Day Dance
On May 13th the Holy Trinity church jointly with MPO (Macedonian Patriotic Organization) celebrated Mother’s Day with the traditional dance. The evening was well attended and was marked by fun, music and good food. A good tribute to all mothers.
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St. George’s Day and Votive Offering
On May 7th 2017 the Parish celebrated the Day of St. George. The Batov Family once again gave the traditional votive offering. This festive family tradition marks every year a happy rescue or saving out of trouble. Thank you, Oleg, Alexandra, Nick, Eva and Oracio visiting from Turin, Italy for the tasty “kourban” banquet. Everyone noted the special presence of baby Daniel! Our master-chef Chris was once again at five star level!
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Easter / Holy Pascha
The Easter services and festivities spread over the Holy week. Parishioners and families attended the litany and commemoration of Our Lord's Passion on Good Friday in order to prepare most fully for Christ's resurrection on Easter Sunday. Good Friday is a day of strict fasting and abstinence.
The Holy week culminated on Saturday before Easter (Easter Eve).  Holy Saturday commemorates the day that Jesus Christ lay in the tomb after his death, according to the Christian bible. In the packed church yard, all holding lit candles, the Parish Priest Fr. Velitchko announced the Holy Resurrection: “Christ is Risen!”. And all the people joined him in singing this hymn again and again “Truly He is Risen!”. The Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom was then officiated. 
On Easter Sunday the faithful gathered once more for prayer with lighted candles. All sing the hymn, "Christ is Risen from the Dead". The people greeted one another joyously. The Gospel according to John is read in various languages, proclaiming the Good News of Resurrection all over the universe.
The Holy Trinity Macedono-Bulgarian church once again celebrated Easter joyously. We send the message to all faithful: Christ is risen from the dead, by death trampling down upon death, and to those in the tombs He has granted life. 
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Palm Sunday
Once again on April 9 2017 the glorious Entry in Jerusalem was celebrated by numerous parishioners and guests. The church was filled with smiles, greetings, flowers and anticipation of Easter. Everyone received the blessed greenery to bring home.
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St. Lazar’s Day and Singing Party
The Church remembers St Lazarus on the Saturday of the Sixth Week of Great Lent, "Lazarus Saturday. See HERE the story of The Righteus Lazarus.
The Bulgarian tradition on this day involves the young girls and maidens to dress beautifully, to decorate with flowers and to sing songs dedicated to the upcoming spring, love and marriage. The flower crowns are let flow in the spring rivers and creeks. After the service at our church the girls were delighted to prepare their crowns, to receive blessing by Fr. Velitchko. Under the guidance of Popadia and Roumiana a small ceremony was held. A group of talented voices took the initiative to sing a suite of traditional Bulgarian and Macedonian songs.
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Akathist to The Mother of God
The period of the Great Lent comes with the joyful church services full of deep meaning and poetic exaltation dedicated to Our Lady Theotocos. This year our church was host of two of these solemn rites: on March 10 and 31. The service was followed by the traditional brotherly all vegetarian table at which all guests of the sister churches were invited. Our parishioners took part in the Akathist services hosted by Sts Cyril and Methody church (March 3), St George church (March 17) and St Dimityr church (March 24). The priests Frs. Drangov, Mihaylov, Shumarov and Radulovich as well as Fr. Arnaudov on March 3 officiated and warmed our hearts with the beautiful Akathist hymns.
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Annual General Meeting
The AGM of the church was held on Sunday, March 19, 2017 in presence of the members and parishioners. There was a majority needed of members present. President’s address by Nick Stefanoff was followed by a brief review of the past year. A report on the church finances was given by the President. In an open discussion members and parishioners were active and decisions were made on pressing issues and financial strategy.
Minutes from the meeting as well as amended version of the Statement of Income and Expenses for 2016 will be published in the next month update of this site.

Memorial Saturday
On February 25th 2017 the church held the first of the three Memorial Saturdays (Zadushnitza or Martva Sabota) before the Great Lent. The Church calendar makes it easier for us to enter this period of prayer and fasting with a thought for the departed. Peace to their souls!

Forgiveness Sunday
February 26th. The church community celebrated the traditional Forgiveness Sunday (Sirni Zagovezny) with brotherly table. A large group of our youngest children participated in a joyous traditional Zagovezny activities: the “halva catching” competition and the “martenitza” making workshop. Under the guidance of Roumiana Andreeva and Popadia Svetlana they drew colourful Baba Marta cards and gave them to their parents and siblings.
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We present:
Notes about the village of Smrdesh, Kostur region (new name Kristalopigi, Kastoria region) by Mario Tzvetkov. History, Geography, Personalities (in Bulgarian).

Old Tyme Christmas
On Sunday, January 8th the church community celebrated the traditional Old Tyme Christmas with brotherly banquet table and festivities. Delicious lunch was prepared by a Macedonian catering, specialized in “pulneni piperki” (stuffed red peppers). The following people each gave $100 toward the Christmas dinner: Anthony Kartalev, Paul Kizoff, Chris Torbar, Fred Meanchoff, Nick Stefanoff and George Koroloff.
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Christmas Celebration
On December 25th 2016 the parish celebrated in joyful atmosphere the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ. After the solemn liturgy a brotherly table was served in the church hall. The children received special blessing. Songs and dances by our children were dedicated to Nativity and New Year. There were presents around the Christmas tree.
After the performance the young talents participated in a workshop fabricating their own creative “sourvaknitza” or “sourvachka”. The old folklore custom “sourvakane” (gently beating on the back with a decorated branch of a cornel tree) is practiced on the New Years's Day by the children in the family and in the neighborhood. It brings in a song or poetry form the best wishes for the upcoming year. The leader of the workshop was once again Roumiana Andreeva.
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We present New Books and Websites:

The Great Powers and Orthodox Christendom
The Great Powers and Orthodox Christendom. The Crisis over the Eastern Church in the Era of the Crimean War by Jack Fairey, Springer, Sep 15, 2015, 283 pages
This new political history of the Orthodox Church in the Ottoman Empire explains why Orthodoxy became the subject of acute political competition between the Great Powers during the mid 19th century. It also explores how such rivalries led, paradoxically, both to secularizing reforms and to Europe's last great war of religion - the Crimean War.

Drenoveni. The Life and Demise of a Macedonian Village.
Drenoveni. The Life and Demise of a Macedonian Village by Larry Koroloff. Pickering, 2014.
Since its publishing in 2014 the book of our well known compatriot Labro Koroloff became very popular. Now the book appears in Bulgarian edition, translated and published by the Macedonian Scientific Institute in Sofia under the title “Дрено́вени: Разцвет и разорение на едно село в Южна Македония”

Belo More. Photos and illustrations from Aegean Macedonia
Bulgarian military graves in Zeytinlaka
Istoriya.bg

Annual Church Bazaar
On October 2nd 2016 was held the annual bazaar of Holy Trinity Macedonian-Bulgarian church. Many parishioners, family members and guests attended and supported the church with donations and through the bake and diverse sales. Delicious lunch was served. Many participated and enjoyed gifts from the lucky draw.
From the bazaar the church made a net profit of
$3,632.85 (see the detailed report here).
Income from the donations collected on this day –
$795.00 (see list here).
Many volunteers gave their time and skills for this successful event. The church thanks cordially to all volunteers, kitchen helpers, bake masters and to all who supported this important annual event. Special gratitude goes to Popadia Svetlana Mihaylova for her role in the organization and coordination.
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In September 2016 St. George Macedono-Bulgarian eastern orthodox church celebrated 75 years since its founding. It is our pleasant duty to congratulate our sister church. We have relatives, friends and countrymen among St. George's parishioners and we are proud that many of our own ancestors were among the founders. Holy Trinity wishes St. George Happy Anniversary! Keep up the good work!
On September 18th a solemn holy liturgy was served at St. George by his Eminence Metropolitan Joseph. Memorial service was held for the founding members. A beautiful new altar mural “Annunciation” by Roumen Kirinkov was consecrated.
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On the occasion of this year's Ilinden celebration, Father Velichko prepared a compilation of traditional popular patriotic songs under the title “16 Songs About Struggles and Suffering For Human Justice”.
For every song there is a summary of the text in English. At the Ilinden picnic the group singing went on with joy and enthusiasm. On popular demand we include the patriotic songbook.
Patriotic Songbook

In memoriam: Nikola Shaykov (1912-1996)
„We will never know how many countrymen lived with the name Bulgaria in their hearts during their lifetime. They are innumerable. But let's strive with our deeds to deserve the right to call ourselves their younger brothers.”
Nikola Shaykov
Article by Vassil Popvassilev
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41st Annual Diocesan Convention
The 41st Annual Diocesan Convention was hosted by “St. Sophia” Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Church in Des Plaines, IL, July 15-17, 2016. His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph and His Grace Bishop Daniil were joined by clergy and delegates from a majority of the parishes, monasteries and missions of the Diocese in a three day gathering to strengthen our spiritual life and to discuss important Diocesan business.
Our church - Holy Trinity was represented by the President of the Church Committee, Mr. Nick Stefanoff and his wife Margaret.
Mr Stefanoff summarized the event: “The convention centered upon proposed changes to the Diocese bylaws. The majority of the delegates agreed in principle to most of the changes but had concerns with some of the wording. Others wanted the right to appeal incorporated into the new bylaws. The decision was made to defer approval until the bylaws are revised to reflect these concerns.”
Minutes of the Convention 2016
RESOLUTIONS

On July 31st Holy Trinity celebrated the beginning of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary Lent with a picnic in the church garden and brotherly potluck table.
Favorite lyrical folk songs resounded sung by parishioners and guests in high spirits despite the rain. Lyrics of the songs were compiled and skillfully presented in both Cyrillic and Latin transcription in a booklet by Father Velichko.
Lyrical Folk Songs
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On Sunday, August 21, 2016 was held the MPO Victory’s annual Ilinden Panihida & Luncheon.
The parish once again respected the heroic uprising. The memorial service was held by Very Rev. parish priest Velichko, his sermon was centered on the theme of courage and the fearless self-sacrifice:
“Today in a memorial prayer we commemorate all those brave people who were killed in the Ilinden rebellion and in the struggles for faith and freedom.  We consider ourselves descendants of their brave spirit.  May this commemoration give courage also to us to stand for what we believe in and to be persistent in seeking what is good and beneficial for all.”
Let the heroes and all the innocent victims of the Turkish repressions rest in peace! May God remember them in His Kingdom!
A picnic in the church garden in support of the MPO followed the service. All the parishioners and guests were united in singing our beloved revolutionary songs. The lyrics of the songs were compiled and presented in a booklet by Father Velichko.
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Invitation to MPO Victory’s annual Ilinden Panihida & Luncheon

Holy Trinity Day, Holy Pentecost and Fathers Day
On June 19th 2016 the Parish held a triple celebration: the Holy Trinity Day, Holy Pentecost and Fathers' Day. We received many guests. The church hall was festively decorated, lunch was prepared and served by hard working volunteers to whom we express our big Thank You. The Fathers Day cake was cut by one of the Elders in the Parish – Dimitar Atzev.
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Archpastoral Paschal Message
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Educational Work of the Bulgarian Exarchate
In the next month we will cover this gigantic democratic movement, guided and skillfully directed by the Exarchate.
Part 1 – Under Ottoman Rule
Part 2 – After the Russo-Turkish War
Part 3 – Before Ilinden
Part 4 – Conclusion
Articles by Vassil Popvassilev
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Mothers' Day and Votive Offering
On May 8th 2016 the Parish celebrated Mothers' Day and the Day of St. George. The Batov Family once again gave the traditional votive offering. This festive family tradition that marks every year a happy rescue or saving out of trouble. Thank you, Oleg, Alexandra, Nick and remotely - Eva and Oracio in Turin, Italy for the tasty “kourban” banquet. Our master-chef Chris was once again at five star level!
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Spring Cleaning
On April 5th a group of caring volunteers, supported by the caretakers, led by Popadia Svetlana did a spring cleaning and organization of the premises for the upcoming Easter celebrations. In the name of the Parish - many thanks from the Church Committee!

On March 5th 2016 the church held the first of the three Memorial Saturdays (Zadushnitza before the Great Lent). The Church calendar makes it easier for us to enter this period of prayer and fasting with a thought for the departed. Peace to their souls!

March 13th. The church community celebrated the traditional Forgiveness Sunday with brotherly table.
Big thank you to the volunteers helping to prepare and serve the delicious menu: Geny (the Master Chef), Tala Lexovski, Mitzy Soukaris, Vicky Dranitzaris, Josie Kizoff, Sofie Anton, Toshko Mihailov, Mary, Helen and Luba, Krassi. Also acknowledgment and thanks to the donations of Grozda Kirkov, Dotza Boychevska, Tzveta Varadeva.
On the same day our good church member Tzveta celebrated her birthday. We enjoyed the grand cake and sang cheerfully for her.
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Annual General Meeting, March 6, 2016
The AGM was held on March 6, attended by members and the church committee at the following agenda:
1. Opening Prayer followed by a moment of silence for those members and parishioners who died this past year.
2. President's Address and Brief Review of this Past Year
3. Church Financials
4. Church Bylaws
5. Election of Church Board Members
6. Other Business
See posted:
Minutes of the meeting
Financial Statement for 2013, 2014 and 2015

V. Rev. Blagoi Tchiflianov Celebration and Old Tyme Christmas, 2016
On January 10 we celebrated the 93rd birthday of our former parish priest V. Rev. Blagoi Tchiflianov, Professor. The Consul General of Republic of Bulgaria Mr Petar Kraitchev recognized his merits to the community as a distinguished Bulgarian spiritual leader and for his long years of service to the “preservation and strengthening of the Bulgarian national spirit, culture and identity in Canada”. More than 130 parishioners and guests attended the ceremony, among them the parish prioest V. Rev. Velitchko Mihailov and the curch President Nick Stefanoff. Greetings and best wishes followed.
The church community celebrated on same day, January 10, the traditional Old Tyme Christmas with brotherly banquet table and festivities. Big thank you to the volunteers: Tala, Vicky, Grozda, Margarita, Milka, Popadia Svetlana, the Bodanis Sisters. In addition to the donations on that occasion the church collected $1180 from the banquet and $360 from the lucky draw.
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Photo gallery - Old Tyme Christmas

Brotherly Christmas Table on December 20th.
On this occasion the merry group of young parents and their little agile crafts specialists fabricated the traditional Survachki.
Again organizer and guide was Roumiana Andreeva. Thank you all, your work was beautiful (next time clean more thoroughly after the workshop).
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In the Christmas Spirit
December is the month in which we breathlessly expect to celebrate the joyful Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ! Merry Christmas, peace and brotherly love to all!
Leading image for the month:
Nativity of Christ, icon from Jerusalem (19 AD)

The Role of the Greek Patriarchate Under Turkish Balkan Rule (1353-1912)
Article by Christ Anastasoff, from Balkanika magazine,
volume 2, number 3 (1968).
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Exarch Antim I of Bulgaria
Next January 2016 we mark the 200 years of the birth of Exarch Antim I, whose name resounds every Sunday in the Holy Liturgy as a first Exarch of the reborn autonomous Bulgarian Church. We pay tribute to the distinguished religious and people's leader from the time of the struggle for cultural and religious independence, for the indivisible spiritual unity of our nation. This struggle laid the ground for the subsequent national upheaval which led to the liberation from the Ottoman rule and from the spiritual oppression of the Greek clergy. Today our Macedonian-Bulgarian churches follow with dignity the spirit and the deeds of our first Exarchs. May his memory live forever!
Vassil Popvassilev.
Biographical notes.
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Annual Church Bazaar
On October 4th was held the annual bazaar of Holy Trinity Macedonian-Bulgarian church. Many parishioners, family members and guests attended and supported the church with donations and through the bake and diverse sales. Delicious lunch was served.
Many volunteers gave their time and skills for this successful event: Luba, Mery and Helen Bodanis, Tina Andonov, Sophy Papagiannis and Polyxeni, Christina Perelov, Vicky Traikov, Tala Lexovski, Grozda Kirkova, Margaret Stefanoff, Milka Mihailoff, Zorka Argiloff, Roumiana Andreev, Jeannie, Josie, Katia, Victoria (Vidka), Mitzy, Snejana and Lina (the kids lemonade coordinators), Toshko Mihailov, Jean Hervieux, Nick Stefanoff, Fred Meanchoff and the Popadia Svetlana.
In the name of the congregation big thank you for the huge success!
From the bazaar the church made a profit of $3,735.65, broken down as follows:
Admissions $106.55; Lunch $1,198.75; Bake sale $947.00; Crafts & Goods Sales $517.30; Raffle $444.50; Kids Lemonade Stand $47.00; Donations to the bazaar totaled $957.45; Expenses $482.90
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Exarch Yossif I of Bulgaria.
To mark the 175 years since the birth of Exarch Yossif I of Bulgaria and 100 years of his death, the Bulgarian Orthodox Church organized series of festive events and celebrations.
We pay tribute to the distinguished religious and people's leader from the time of building the indivisible spiritual unity of our nation. The National Upheaval and Enlightenment, the common will for Church independence laid the ground of this unity and the diplomatic genius and wisdom of Exarch Yossif strengthened it.
Today our Macedonian-Bulgarian churches follow with dignity the spirit and the deeds of the Exarch. May his memory live forever!
Vassil Popvassilev.
Biographical notes.
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The Ochrid Literary School and the Development of Bulgarian Culture.
The origins, main forces and contributors behind the Ochrid Literary School, a major cultural center of Old Slavonic-Bulgarian Language and Education.
Article by Prof. Emil Georgiev, Academician, published in the revue Balcanica Volume V, #2,
excerpts translated N. Roussanoff.

Editor's notes by Vassil Popvassilev.
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Diocese Convention 2015
The 40th Convention of the Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Diocese of the USA., Canada and Australia took place in St Thomas Eastern Orthodox Church at Fairlawn, OH, USA on July 17, 18 and 19th 2015.    
The report of the Metropolitan, titled “State of the Diocese” addressed two major issues:  
- The Civil Court proceedings in relation to “St. Cyril and Methody Macedono-Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Cathedral” in Toronto, Ontario, Canada; and
- The Decision of the Diocesan Spiritual Court from March 19-21, 2015 in relation to the situation at St. Innocent’s Academy in Alaska.  
Among the other important resolutions, the 40th Annual Convention of the Diocese also mentioned about the report of Metropolitan Joseph “The Committee for Canonical Regional Planning” and the position of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church – Bulgarian Patriarchate regarding the future of the Orthodoxy in North America.  
The parish priests (and in their absence a representatives of the parishes) presented very brief reports. 
The Convention ended with majestic divine liturgy officiated by His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph, His Grace Bishop Daniil and all the priests present at the convention.
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July 26 - Ilinden Celebration and Memorial Service
On Sunday July 26, 2015 was held our traditional celebration of the Ilinden Ressurection – the heroic uprising against the Ottoman rule in Macedonia and the Odrin region. The divine liturgy was followed by a solemn Panihida (memorial service) officiated by Rev. Velitchko and Rev. Boris Drangov. The speech by the parish priest the V. Rev. Velichko Mihailov on Ilinden outlined the legacy of the Ilinden Heroes.
The celebration followed by a memorial lunch in the presence of many guests from the other Macedonian-Bulgarian churches. The event was held under the auspices of MPO (The Macedonian Patriotic Organization).
Big help in the preparation and running the BBQ piknick were the volunteers:  Jean Hervieux, Milka Mihailoff, Fred Mehanchoff, Margarita Stefanoff.  In the name of all the parishioners and guests – Big Thank you!
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Rayko Zhinzifov (1839 Veles – 1877 Moscow)
Rayko Zhinzifov - Publicist, Poet, Journalist, Translator, Teacher. A well known leader of the Bulgarian national and cultural Revival in his native Macedonia.
Translation and editor's notes by Vassil Popvassilev.
Speech by Rayko Zhinzifov at the Pan-slavic Congress in Moscow 1857.
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Holy Trinity Day - May 31, 2015
On May 31 was held the Feast Day of our church – The Holy Pentecost. We celebrated in presence of parishioners, friends, families and guests with a church service and the traditional banquet.
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The Rock Monasteries near Rousse
One of the nine sites in Bulgaria recognized by UNESCO as part of the World Cultural Heritage, based on its unique frescoes. Impressive testimony of the devotion and of the religious fervor of the rulers and spiritual leaders of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom (XIII-XIV c.)
Based on publications by Rusenski Lom Nature Park Directorate and by Rousse Regional Museum of History.
Translation and editor's notes by Vassil Popvassilev.
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Easter
The Ester celebrations were a feast of faith, hope and brotherly love. Our parish priest Father Velitchko once again thoroughly prepared and conducted the services with spiritual depth and exceptional melodic beauty. Christ Is Risen!
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Akathyst
On February 27th and on March 27th our church, Holy Trinity, was host to two of the five Akathyst pre-Easter services in honour of Our Lady Mother of God. The rest of the services were held in Sts. Cyrill and Methodius cathedral. St. George's and St. Dimitry's churches and were joined by many members of our parish. The celebrations, the hymns, the brotherly tables were enjoyed by all.
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AGM 2015
On March 8th the Annual General Meeting was held in presence of the Church Committee and many members. The agenda of the meeting (not an electoral this year) included replacement of the retiring Treasurer Paul Kizoff.
The new Treasurer is Jean Hervieux, supported by unanimous vote. Vassil Popvassilev replaces Julian Lall as church Secretary. New Committee member Victoria Triffonov replaces Helen Grancharoff. Helen, together with Chris Torbar remain Honorary Members.
Deliberations followed on the subjects of finances, caretakers and maintenance, new membership, electronic database.

Spring Cleaning
On April 4th a group of enthusiastic ladies, supported by the caretakers and led by the tireless Popadia Svetlana organized a spring cleaning and organization of the premises for the upcoming Easter celebrations. Participated: Zorka, Tonia, Rumiana, Tania, Ilian, Slava, Krassimira. Many thanks from the Church Committee and best wishes for happy Easter holidays!

Ivan Vazov – Patriarch of the Bulgarian Literatuire
This month we acknowledge Ivan Vazov (1850 –1921) the great Bulgarian poet, novelist and playwright, often referred to as "the Patriarch of Bulgarian literature". He was born in Sopot, a town in the Rose Valley of Bulgaria (then part of the Ottoman Empire). The works of Ivan Vazov reveal two historical epochs - the Bulgarian Renaissance and the Post-Liberation (from Ottoman Empire rule) epoch. Ivan Vazov holds the highest honorary title of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences - Academician. His works are close to every Bulgarian heart. Vazov is well known and translated in all major languages.
The article by Nicholas Roussanoff was published in the revue Balkania, Volume VI, number 1 in 1972.
Translation and editor's notes by Vassil Popvassilev.
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Martenitza making
On February 22nd a group of enthusiastic mothers and supporters led by the tireless Roumiana Andreeva organized a demo and workshop of the traditional Bulgarian craft of the martenitza making. In preparation of the 1st of March celebrations and the upcoming spring the children were practicing songs and traditional verses. Outstanding work on the beautiful martenitzas besides the children was done by Snejana, Theodora, Tania, Boika. The same day we marked the beginning of the Great Lent and the Sunday of Forgiveness.
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Father Paissios, a Forerunner of the Bulgarian National Revival
Article by Dr. Emil Georgiev, published in the revue Balkania, Volume VI, number 3 in 1972.
Translation and editor's notes by Vassil Popvassilev.
This month we acknowledge the majestic historical figure of Father Paissios, a modest monk at a Mount Athon monastery who researched and wrote the first modern-time history of Bulgaria, created numerous copied of it and tirelessly distributed it throughout towns and villages of the country. Many more copies followed thus boosting the Bulgarian national awakening and the beginning of a new epoch for the Bulgarian people.
Father Paissios was proclaimed a Saint of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church.
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Further to our leading theme “1000 Years Since the Death of Tsar Samuel” we publish excerpts of the original texts by the Byzantine scholar and historian Ioannis Scylitzes (11-12 AD) covering the main events of his reign. The article by Ivan Mihailoff, published on this site in December uses many medieval sources one of them is Scylitzes. The historical facts in the work of Scylitzes are a honest testimony not aimed to glamorize one or another ruler. For the contemporary reader it is a proof that the heroic battle led by Samuel against the Byzantines was in fact a defense of Bulgaria in these tumultuous times.
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On January 4, we celebrated the Old Tyme Christmas
and the begin of the New year, a traditional annual event, marked by a strong community spirit. We were pleased to greet our youngest performers who sang the joyful Christmas classics and traditional Bulgarian winter songs. We enjoyed the food prepared and served by our volunteers: Velika Traikoff, Tala Lexovski, Done Tchaleff and Vicky Dranitsaris. The Bulgarian red wine gave us warmth and cheered the new year.
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This month we commemorate the one thousand years anniversary since the death of Tsar Samouil of Bulgaria within the framework of “National Program 1000 Years Tsar Samouil” of The Republic of Bulgaria.”
Our tribute to this glorious anniversary is an article by Ivan Mihailoff, published in the revue Balkania in 1969. We reprint this historical analysis based on proven facts as it offers a contemporary assessment of the great medieval ruler.
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The Bulgarian Archiepiscopate of Ochrid, 1018-1767
Exhibition at The National History Museum, Sofia, Bulgaria, October 2014.

The exhibition is organized as part of the National Program to commemorate the one thousand years anniversary since the death of Tsar Samouil of Bulgaria. Organizers: National History Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, National Program 1000 Years Tsar Samouil.
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For Bulgarian Citizens: Parliamentary Elections 2014
Announcement of the Embassy of Republic of Bulgaria, Ottawa.

On Sunday August 17th, was held our traditional celebration of Assumption of Our Lady Theotocos, the most important church holiday venerating Mother-of-God. The liturgy was followed by a picnic and potluck lunch in the presence of many parishioners and guests. All ladies, bearing the glorious name of Maria were celebrated with a solemn hymn “Mnogaia Leta”.
The masters of the BBQ lunch and delicious salads and fruits were Jean Hervieux, Milka MihaIlov, Nick and Margarita Stefanov. As always, our big thanks to them!
At the event was announced the official retirement of Fred Mehanchoff, member of the Church Committee. He was warmly greeted and wished well by the parish priest, by the church president and by the church community. Many happy years ahead, Freddy!
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The 39th Annual General Diocesan Convention
The official delegates of our church at the Convention were Very Reverend Velichko Mihailov and his wife Popadia Svetlana. We are very pleased that our church has been mentioned with honors in the official annual report of the Diocese.
We wish to thank Father Velichko for his active participation in the work of the Convention and for the summary he shared with the community and kindly prepared for publishing on this site.
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Convention summary.

On Sunday July 13, was held our traditional celebration of the Ilinden Ressurection – the heroic uprising against the Ottoman rule in Macedonia and the Odrin region. The divine liturgy was followed by a solemn panihida (memorial service). The speech by the parish priest the V. Rev. Velichko Mihailov on Ilinden outlined the epic struggle and suffering of our people and moved the parish. It put accent on the sacrifice for the community.
The celebration followed by a memorial lunch in the presence of many guests from the other Macedonian-Bulgarian churches. The event was held under the auspices of MPO (The Macedonian Patriotic Organization).
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Excerpt on Gotzé Delchev from the novel "Ilinden" by Dimiter Talev.

On June 8, Pentecost, was held our annual banquet and celebration of the Holy Trinity Day – the name day of the church. We were happy to see the three priests serving the Divine Liturgy: our current parish priest the V. Rev. Velichko Mihailov and the two former priests V. Rev. Prof. Blagoi Chiflianov and V.Rev. Krustan Voukashinov, both retired. Father Krustan is among us for a short visit from Bulgaria.
Welcome back to your beloved parish, Father Krustan, we wish you a pleasant stay in Toronto!
Address-summary by Father Velichko.
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On May 14 this year was the 100 years anniversary of Boris Christoff, the legendary Bulgarian basso, whose brilliant international opera career brought him recognition and worldwide glory. Christoff was a devoted Christian whose extraordinary talent and thorough knowledge contributed to the fame of his legacy in the field of the Orthodox liturgy music.
In our church on June 22 we hosted a lecture by Mariana Strougarov, who as a long time choir singer and expert in music history has done thorough research on the life and artistic legacy of Boris Christoff. The lecture was accompanied by visual and acoustic presentations of historic appearances of the great artist on the world stage. Our gratitude to Mariana for her patriotic initiative and professional presentation.
“Boris Christoff 100th Anniversary” by Mariana Strougarov.

On May 11 the Church calendar marks the day of Sts. Cyril and Methody. May 24 is a national, state holiday in Bulgaria, Day of the Slavo-Bulgarian Culture and Education. We honour and celebrate the creation of the Slavic alphabet by the Sts. Brothers Cyril and Methody. The celebration was introduced in Bulgarian churches and schools throughout the country the in early 19th century. Eternal glory to the holy brothers, venerated by the whole Slavic world, Apostles of Europe! Photo gallery.

Christ is Risen!
As every year, the Easter holidays were a manifestation of faith, of joy of the upcoming spring renewal, strong proof of parish solidarity and brotherly love.  The cool weather did not prevent us from doing the traditional ceremony of outdoors services.  The divine liturgies were solemn, attended by numerous parishioners and friends.  Bulgarians and Macedonians, our common traditions unite us.  The traditional Easter bread and eggs brought joy to  every heart.

The April 1876 Uprising against the Ottoman Yoke
Excerpts from an article. Constantinople Conference.

Akathyst

It is a long time tradition at our Macedonian-Bulgarian churches to tribute honour and glory to Our Most Holy Lady Theotocos in a series of pre-Easter Friday night services called Akathyst. This ancient rite consists of hymns, poetry and divine service followed by a brotherly dinner. Our church, Holy Trinity was once again host of two of these evenings, on March 21st and April 11th. We enjoyed the beautiful singing of the priests, serene atmosphere and a tasty Lent dinner. The volunteers who contributed with dishes and plateau, with serving and organizing the events were: Zora, Krassimira, Vicky, Tala, presbythera Svetlana, Hristina and George, Vassil, Nelly, Aunt Maria. During the Akathyst services donations of $531 to the church were made. In the name of the Church Committee a warm Thank You to all who helped to keep up with the beautiful tradition.

Easter Cleaning of the Church. In the week preceding the begin of the Easter festivities, a thorough cleaning of the church was made by a group of volunteers: Zora, Vicky, Jasmina, Krassimira, Done, Presbythera Svetlana, Nelly, Kalinka.  They did a great work, the church is even more beautiful now.

Grigor Purlichev – a great son of Macedonia, who devoted his whole life and sacrificed  fame, talent, career and personal bell-being before the altar of the enslaved Bulgarian people.

On the 23rd of February our parish held the traditional Meatfare Sunday lunch. The occasion is the beginning of the Great Lent and the week of Forgiveness. The church community extends a warm gratitude to Velika (Vicky) Traikova for the organization, great culinary work and donated food.

“To be equal with the other European peoples depends only on our own and joint efforts.”
Vassil Levsky, 1837 – 1873

On February 19th we honour and worship Bulgaria’s legendary national hero, Vassil Levsky, who, in the early 1870s, led an underground movement against the five-century old Ottoman occupation. On that date he was hanged in Sofia. Although he met his death on the gallows three years before the 1876 uprising – the bloody suppression of which provoked international protests – Levsky was the architect and the inspiration of the secret societies behind it. Destined for career in the church, he renounced his monastic vows to create – under the very noses of the Turkish police – a remarkable revolutionary organization, with hundreds of committees all over Bulgaria and its own police force and secret post, and with the ultimate aim of setting up an independent Bulgarian republic within a Balkan federation based on self-determination.
Among numerous Bulgarians who plotted the downfall of the Ottoman Empire, Vassil Levsky emerges as one of the most attractive and level-headed rebels ever to espouse the cause of liberty, equality and fraternity.
He later inspired Gotze Delchev and the other leaders of the Macedonian liberation movement. His revolutionary ideology and tactics served as a model for the Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization in the preparation of the Ilinden uprising.
Vassil Popvassilev (after Mercia MacDermott “The Apostle of Freedom”, Sofia Press 1986)

On November 25, 2013 we honour and worship the outstanding figure of St. Clement of Ohrid, devoted student of Cyril and Methody, contributed invaluable service to the cause of Slavic culture, proclaimed “first archbishop of Bulgarian language”.
The work of St. Clement covered Western Macedonia where he had taught over 3500 students, “training them for readers, deacons and presbyter work”. He, along with his teachers Cyril and Methody, is considered in Bulgaria to the present day a symbol of national educational activity. The patron saint of the national University of Sofia and of The National Student Day in Bulgaria (December 8th), St. Clement is now and will forever preserve the true meaning and significance of national literary consciousness and culture, humanity and progress.
Vassil Popvassilev

On Sunday, October 20th, 2013 the church held the Annual Bazaar at which once again the culinary skills by members of the Ladies Section were demonstrated.  The warmth and high spirit of the pre-Christmas gathering is long established tradition.  Help and support by many volunteers contributed the Bazaar to become a financial success.  Big thank you to all of them!

On Sunday, September 15, 2013 the church held
the annual Holy Trinity’s Family Day Barbecue
Many parishioners and guests were invited to enjoy
good food, good music and good company in the
garden after the church service.
We celebrated the backbone of our religious and cultural
heritage - our families! Large families were present
with babas, dedos, parents and children.
Special contribution to the success of the Family Day
from the volunteers Jean and Milka Hervieux,
Nick Stefanoff, Fred Mehanchov was greatly appreciated.
Jean and Milka also donated the food. Thank you all!

28 July 2013 - Celebration and Memorial Service
of the Ilinden-Preobrajenie 1903 Resurrection
Illinden’s Epic Struggle by Christ Atanasoff
For more ILinden materials in Bulgarian language
please refer to the Bulgarian section of the site

38th Annual Convention of the Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Diocese of the USA, Canada and Australia in Santa Rosa, California
Patriarchal Greetings to the Diocese Convention
Cherubic Hymn
Katavasii - Passover of Christ


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